Most people will do the first two but the third step is the most important to secure your email once its been hacked
Our email accounts are the most important to secure. If someone gets access to your email account they can request password changes on all your other accounts, access confidential or sensitive info stored in your saved emails and of course they then have access to all your contacts - maybe business or family. Either way they can wreak havoc and the financial fall out is often huge.
Once you realise your account has been hacked the first step is to change your password. Make sure its not one you've used previously or is easy to guess (you know... your businessname123?!).
Next step is to set up 2 factor authentication. That way if your account password is changed you'll receive a notification to your phone or authorisation app to double check.
But that's not all - your hacker may have set up email forwarding on your account. So any emails that come in automatically get forwarded to them and they can continue on their crime spree. To turn off email forwarding in Gmail:
- In the top right, click Settings
- Click the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab
- In the "Forwarding" section, delete any unknown addresses.
- At the bottom, click Save Changes
Stay safe, and get in touch if you'd like to us to help you run a cyber health check on your personal or business accounts.